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Minimize and Hide All Windows in Mac OS X with Command+Option+H+M

Feb 7, 2012 - 26 Comments
Hide All and Minimize in OS X Lion

By combining the Hide All windows shortcut with the minimize keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X, you can use a third ‘Minimize and Hide All’ shortcut that both hides and minimizes all windows open on a Mac. This hide and minimize all trick is accomplished by hitting the Command+Option+H+M keys together.

Switch Background Styles of Launchpad in OS X 10.7.3

Feb 6, 2012 - 11 Comments
Launchpad Background Styles

The OS X 10.7.3 update brought with it a variety of subtle changes, including a minor adjustment to how the Launchpad background image style is switched. In previous Mac OS X versions, Command+B would switch between the background effect styles, but this is now achieved with Control+Option+Command+B. Try it yourself by opening Launchpad and then … Read More

How to Delete Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Photo Booth, and Other Default Mac OS X Apps

Feb 5, 2012 - 76 Comments
Delete Safari, Photo Booth, Stickies, Chess, and other default OS X apps

If you have tried to delete Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Chess, Photo Booth, Stickies, QuickTime, or any of the other default Mac OS X apps before, you’ll know the Finder prevents you from doing so. Try to move one of these apps to the trash to uninstall it and you’ll get a message saying: ‘”Safari.app” can’t … Read More

Mac OS X 10.7.3 Combo Silently Updated?

Feb 4, 2012 - 24 Comments
Comparing OS X 10.7.3 Updates

Apple looks to have quietly updated the troubled Mac OS X 10.7.3 Updater, first noticed by several of our readers and confirmed by OSXDaily. No official change was announced and there is no revised version number provided by Apple’s Support page, but presumably the new build addresses any potential installation problems or CUI errors that … Read More

How to Boot into Recovery HD Partition on a Mac OS X with Yosemite, Mavericks, & Mountain Lion

Feb 3, 2012 - 13 Comments
Recovery HD

All Macs with OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, Lion, Mountain Lion, have a bootable Recovery partition that can be accessed in case of system problems, allowing you to troubleshoot, restore from Time Machine backups, and even reinstall Mac OS X. There are two ways to reach Recovery mode on a Mac: Hold down the OPTION key … Read More

Web Server Added to OS X Lion Server with 10.7.3 Update

Feb 2, 2012 - 5 Comments
OS X Lion 10.7.3 Web Server

The recently released Mac OS X 10.7.3 update is proving to be a more significant upgrade than originally anticipated, with the update for OS X Lion Server adding a simple web server. The web server pane is found in the Server application, and has the standard features you would expect. Apple specifies the following capabilities … Read More

AirPort Utility 6.0 for Mac OS X Lion Released with iOS Interface

Jan 30, 2012 - 5 Comments
iOS vs Mac version of Airport Utility

Apple has released an all new version of AirPort Utility for OS X Lion with a redesigned user interface. The revised appearance makes it simpler to use, with the first screen showing a graphical overview of the network and all connected devices. Interestingly, the new Mac version looks practically identical to the current iOS version, … Read More

Stop Resume From Opening Documents When Launching an App in OS X Lion

Jan 27, 2012 - 7 Comments
Stop Resume during application launch with the Shift key

If you want to stop OS X Lion’s Resume feature from reopening past windows, you can selectively stop Resume during an app launch by holding down the Shift key. This causes the app to launch with a clean slate and preventing any previously opened windows or documents from restoring, but it doesn’t disable the feature … Read More

How to Install the Older Preview App from Snow Leopard in Mac OS X Lion

Jan 27, 2012 - 44 Comments
Snow Leopard Preview running in OS X Lion

Preview in Mac OS X Lion brought with it several improvements and new features like digital signatures, but it also removed some very useful abilities like the file size estimator, Save As, and added the sometimes obnoxious Auto-Save. If you miss the old version of Preview from Snow Leopard, and you either have a Mac … Read More

Mute the Mac Boot Chime with StartNinja for OS X Lion

Jan 26, 2012 - 23 Comments
StartNinja for OS X Lion mutes the boot chime on Macs

Macs have always had the classic boot chime that announces the system has begun startup or has rebooted, but if you’re in a quiet place you don’t always want that sound to play. You may know that you can temporarily mute the Mac by holding down the Mute key during boot or reboot, but if … Read More

Turn Off File Locking in OS X Lion

Jan 24, 2012 - 12 Comments
Turn off file locking in OS X Lion

Mac OS X Lion introduced automatic file locking for any file that hasn’t been edited recently. You’ll have noticed this when you try and open an older file and make changes to it, a dialog box asks to duplicate the file or to manually unlock it. This is fine for files that you don’t want … Read More

Use a Zoom Window in Mac OS X

Jan 23, 2012 - Leave a Comment
Enable Picture in Picture zoom window in Mac OS X

Another option when enabling zoom in OS X Lion and other newer Mac OS X versions is to use a smaller floating zoom window, rather than zooming into the entire screen. This allows you to zoom into screen elements using a small zoom window that hovers over screen elements, kind of like a virtual magnifying … Read More

iBooks Author for Mac OS X Makes Creating Interactive iPad Books Easy

Jan 19, 2012 - 8 Comments
iBooks Author

Apple has released iBooks Author, an easy to use app for Mac OS X that lets anyone create interactive multi-touch books for the iPad, these can be published on the iBookstore or iTunes U and offered as free or paid titles. iBooks Author should be a big hit with both small and large publishers, teachers, … Read More

Set a User Agreement Policy to Appear Before Login in Mac OS X

Jan 18, 2012 - 28 Comments
User Agreement on Login in Mac OS X Lion

All versions of Mac OS X from Lion onward (meaning Mountain Lion, Mavericks, etc) can display messages that require acknowledgement prior to the standard login screen appearing on a Mac. For administrators, this allows a user agreement or acceptable use policy to be displayed before users can login, and for personal use it lets users … Read More

How to Enable the Video & Audio Encoder Tools in Mac OS X

Jan 16, 2012 - 19 Comments
QuickTime

An excellent feature in Mac OS X are the several built-in media encoding abilities, allowing anyone to encode and convert video and audio files to other formats right on the desktop or from any Finder window. Having covered a tip on how to convert video to audio using these media encoders, we discovered the feature … Read More

Convert Video to an Audio Track Directly in Mac OS X

Jan 16, 2012 - 19 Comments
Convert Video to Audio

Converting a video file to an audio track is made extremely easy with the help of the media encoding abilities of Mac OS X that are built directly into the Finder. With this, you can convert many popular movie formats into audio tracks, including video files of .mov, .m4v, .mpg, and mp4 format. The resulting … Read More

Play Music from the iTunes Artwork Screen Saver in Mac OS X

Jan 15, 2012 - 7 Comments
Play Music from the iTunes Cover Art Screensaver

Did you know the iTunes Artwork screensaver in Mac OS X is interactive? By hovering over an album when the screen saver is active, a pop-up play button will appear similar to what is found by hovering over music in the Finder, click it and that album or song will begin to play.

Change & Customize the Dock in Mac OS X Lion with Docker

Jan 13, 2012 - 10 Comments
3D Transparent Dock in Mac OS X Lion

We have gone through tons of OS X Dock tips before, but with the help of a free Lion compatible app called Docker, we can apply many changes to the Docks behavior and customizations to the Docks appearance easily with just a few clicks. What exactly can you customize? Using Docker, you can: change Dock … Read More

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